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Tastiest Town

In January 2013, Durham's food scene was again catapulted into the national spotlight by inclusion on Southern Living magazine's "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." It shared company with culinary megastar destinations like New Orleans, Charleston, and Miami. The winner was chosen by popular vote through an online poll. Despite the difference in size between Durham and many of its competitors, the Bull City took home the title.

In the ensuing article, Southern Living recognized the creativity, accessibility, and passion in Durham's food scene. The article commended Durham's "elevated casual fare" and abundance of "artisans committed to crafting their own to-die-for takes on simple culinary delights." (Read the full article.)

The Tastiest Town title is a crowning recognition after years of praise for Durham's food scene. In 2008, Bon Appétit named Durham (along with Chapel Hill) America's Foodiest Small Town. In addition, out of Durham's 700+ restaurants, more than 50 have been recognized by regional or national media, many of them repeatedly. (The full list of those businesses can be found at the Celebrated Cuisine page.) Many Durham chefs and restaurateurs, including Matthew Kelly of Mateo and Vin Rouge and Phoebe Lawless of Scratch, have also been nominated for national awards, like the James Beard Award.

All this praise proves what the locals already know: Durham is rich with culinary delights. Go ahead, get out and explore all the culinary treasures that Durham has to offer. Discover firsthand why so many agree that Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South!


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American Meltdown

"Whoever believes that there is no such thing as a gourmet grilled cheese needs to take a trip to American Meltdown," says Food Republic. American Meltdown serves melts and grilled cheeses crafted …

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Backyard BBQ Pit

The Travel Channel's Man v. Food hails the open pit-smoked chicken and other Southern classics, but "it’s the succulent pulled-pork barbecue that really makes this family-run restaurant a hungry …

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Bar Virgile

Handmade snacks and artfully crafted beverages. Bar Virgile is a food and beverage partnership between husband and wife team Aubrey Zinaich-Howell and Scott Howell and their great friend Daniel …

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Modern Japanese cuisine focusing on specialty sushi, seafood, appetizers and sake. The interior design features a mix of rustic materials and modern design, like the pagoda-style booths made of raw …

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Blu Seafood and Bar

"Three-time winner of the best seafood restaurant award from Durham Magazine and three-time winner of the same award from the News & Observer, Blu Seafood and Bar serves responsibly sourced seafood. …

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The Blue Note Grill

Located in Downtown Durham near the Historic Durham Athletic Park, the Blue Note Grill is known for both the blues music you can hear there on Fridays and Saturday and their North Carolina smoked …

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Bull City Burger and Brewery

Bull City Burger and Brewery is a locally owned, independent restaurant and craft brewery. The restaurant is very much farm-to-fork, working closely with North Carolina farmers supplying beef (with …

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Bullock's Bar-B-Que

"At Bullock's, the lines form early for chopped or sliced pork... great hushpuppies too." That's how Southern Living describes Bullock's, a barbecue joint that's been operating in Durham since 1952. …

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Chez Moi

A specialty bakery dessert truck, which offers a variety of made-from-scratch desserts. Chez Moi serves customers locally from the dessert truck and offers direct shipping throughout the U.S. Cakes …

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